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Ajahn Sucitto's Dharma Talks at Cittaviveka
Ajahn Sucitto
As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
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2022-03-27 The Dog Knows Its True Master 46:56
A lot of our practice is to recognize the ‘I am’ cannot do it – it has to be understood carefully as energies, habits, stories. Find another vehicle, the 5 indriya, the spiritual allies. The beauty of the practice is it works beyond the ‘I am’. The ‘I ‘can’t do it, but the indriya can. Give them a chance to keep working, and nature of citta is it does recognize these transpersonal qualities, like when a dog knows where its true master is.
2022 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2022-03-26 Notice What You Don't See - The Causes of Things 38:08
Practice with directly experienced meanings, dhammas, qualities that touch the heart. Looking into causes and conditions, we begin to sense, this is causing certain phenomena to cease or arise. See where it goes; dhammas lead on by themselves. If you stay in touch with them they lead on to further clearance, or to further stress and suffering.
2022 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2022-03-25 Everyone Likes Letting Go 39:33
Investigate feeling as an energy rather than as content. Refer to that which is affected, the heart itself. It’s up to us to apply energy, investigate, turn the mind around, turn the heart, get it to see clearly. Use body to stabilize and simplify content, and the concoction of thought dissipates. This is release; the heart becomes unrestricted.
2022 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2022-03-24 Aspiration – The Rising of the Heart 32:14
Aspiration connects to the very fundamental wish of the heart, and acts as the basis for energy. What does the heart really rise up for? Rather than just getting by in life, where is the sense of purpose and meaning that brings forth the best in us? All of our actions and words should proceed from that place of faith. Body helps ground and moderate that energy.
2022 Cittaviveka Winter Retreat Closing Group Practice
2022-02-01 The Tiger’s Challenge: Impeccability and Aspiration 48:52
The one thing we can train in and recollect is that we can aspire. No other creature aspires. We are born with desire, and if we don’t use it for aspiration it leaks out into sensuality and thinking. Then the mind loses its alertness. One of the most fundamental things we aspire to is a different alignment. Finding a place to stand which is true, empowering, dignified, blameless – a refuge. This is how you stand apart from the worldly currents, and live in the quality of good intent.
2022-01-25 Sound 4 Puja 38:49
Honouring and offering creates the atmosphere; recalling the purpose of the event/ the moment; using the significance of the location and time; cultivating aspiration
Ajahn Sucitto Chanting Collection - Pali Sounds and Chanting Guidance
2022-01-24 Sound 3 Review and Practice 33:43
Noticing and reclaiming Pali phoneme differences from English and Thai; the effect of English and Thai language particularities; rhythm and consonant length
Ajahn Sucitto Chanting Collection - Pali Sounds and Chanting Guidance
2022-01-23 Sound 2 Consonants 42:17
Mouth closure sounds that terminate a vowel
Ajahn Sucitto Chanting Collection - Pali Sounds and Chanting Guidance
2022-01-22 Sound 1 Breath and Vowels 36:24
Outline of an approach to chanting as a practice; vowels
Ajahn Sucitto Chanting Collection - Pali Sounds and Chanting Guidance
2022-01-16 Q&A 54:26
00:53 Please explain the idea of the pāramī; 04:59 Letting go of thinking/expectation; 07:44 Using the sound of silence in practice; 15:58 How Qigong connects to practice; 24:47 Tension in tongue and jaw; 25:03 Remaining “upright and joyful”; 29:23 Family does not agree with my practice; 34:13 Dealing with pain; 38:10 Experience of a deep horrific fear; 43:45 Out of body experiences while meditating; 45:19 Relationship between release of somatic knots and releasing the citta; 48:55 Regrets and resentment; 50:13 Can you speak about the āsava? 53:37 Difference between peace, serenity and tranquility? Pīti and sukha?

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